The 7th Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe held in Madrid, Spain, on 20 and 21 October 2015, followed by the Extraordinary Ministerial Conference (WEC) on October 21.
The 7th Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe reviewed the work of Forest Europe since the 6th Ministerial Conference held in 2011 in Oslo, Norway and defines the work has lead to the future, while the CME has received the results of the Intergovernmental Committee of negotiation a legally binding agreement on forests in Europe (CNI- forests).
Nearly 220 participants attended the conference, including ministers responsible for forests and other high-level representatives of 38 European countries and the European Union (EU), as well as representatives of 17 observer organizations.
The Ministerial Conference adopted:
a Ministerial Declaration "25 years of collaboration for the promotion of sustainable forest management in Europe"
a decision on the future direction of Forest Europe
and two resolutions,
Madrid Resolution 1: The forestry sector at the heart of the green economy
Madrid Resolution 2: Protection of forests in a changing environment.
GCE adopted a Decision agreeing to explore possible ways to find common ground on the draft legally binding agreement (LBA) at an appropriate time later in 2020.
AIFM has contributed through its status as observer organization, with a statement of Alain Chaudron and participation in the statement of the Group of socio-economic organizations.
"Alain Chaudron, International Association for Mediterranean Forests (AIFM), expressed the hope of AIFM that LBA could be adopted and would be open to ratification by the Maghreb countries and Lebanon, and could be followed by a protocol on Mediterranean forests ".
The Group of socio-economic organizations has welcomed positively the fact that the draft decision will explore ways to ground at the latest in 2020, and has expressed interest not only to conclude an MLA but also geographical or thematic protocols the Convention.
More information on the Forest Europe process and meetings in Madrid here: www.foresteurope.org/
and in the Forest Europe Bulletin (in English only).